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									Course Catalog
  2010-2011
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Dear Parents and Guardians,

This document provides the detailed Course Catalog for Sloan Creek Middle School. It
includes middle school course descriptions that allow students and parents to make informed
decisions about course selections.

As you use this catalog to plan your child’s courses at Sloan Creek Middle School, please
consider the following:

      Middle school is a time for the exploration of interests, discovery of talents, and
       development of skills. Students are encouraged to sample a wide variety of course
       offerings and to participate in multiple extracurricular activities. Students who have had
       a diverse middle school experience are often more equipped to define their goals in
       high school.
      Middle school academic programming is structured to provide developmentally sound
       courses that will support the learning required in high school.
      The best predictor for success in college is the completion of a rigorous secondary
       school curriculum.

In the spring semester of each year, Lovejoy ISD students who will be enrolled in grades
7 and 8 will complete multi-year plans designed to plot the necessary coursework that will
meet graduation requirements, fulfill individual student goals, and provide for a successful
transition to the post high school years.

I look forward to working in close partnership with you throughout your child’s middle school
years. Please know that I am committed to establishing a learning community where we
promote the development of body, mind, and character for each student.

Sincerely,



G. Gavan Goodrich
Principal
Sloan Creek Middle School

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                                                 Table of Contents

I. THE LOVEJOY ISD MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAM ................... 7
 COURSE SCHEDULING AND ACADEMIC PLANNING ...................................................... 7
   Academic Planning .............................................................................................................................. 7
   Schedule Changes ............................................................................................................................... 8
 PROMOTION AND RETENTION ............................................................................. 8
 LEVELS OF ACADEMIC INSTRUCTION ..................................................................... 9
   Pre-AP ................................................................................................................................................. 9
   Gifted/Talented (GT) ........................................................................................................................... 9
   Special Services ................................................................................................................................. 10
   Special Education/504/Dyslexia Support .......................................................................................... 10
   English as a Second Language (ESL) .................................................................................................. 10
 CORE SUBJECTS .......................................................................................... 11
 SEQUENCING OVERVIEW, CORE COURSES GRADES 6 – 12 ........................................ 12
   English/Language Arts/Reading (ELAR) ............................................................................................ 12
   Mathematics ..................................................................................................................................... 13
   Science .............................................................................................................................................. 14
   Social Studies .................................................................................................................................... 15
 ELECTIVES ................................................................................................. 16
   6th Grade Elective Rotation (ER) ...................................................................................................... 16
   Physical Education (PE) ..................................................................................................................... 17
   Fine Arts ............................................................................................................................................ 18
   Technology ........................................................................................................................................ 19
   Engineering ....................................................................................................................................... 19
   Communications ............................................................................................................................... 19
   Languages Other Than English (LOTE) .............................................................................................. 20
   Service Learning ................................................................................................................................ 20
   Independent Studies ......................................................................................................................... 20
II. COURSE DESCRIPTIONS .................................................... 21
 ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS/READING (ELAR) ....................................................... 21
   Pre-AP English, 6th 6th ................................................................................................................ 22
   Pre-AP/GT English, 6th 6th .......................................................................................................... 22
   Pre-AP English, 7th 7th ................................................................................................................ 23
   Pre-AP/GT English, 7th 7th .......................................................................................................... 23
   Pre-AP English, 8th 8th ................................................................................................................ 24
   Pre-AP/GT English, 8th 8th .......................................................................................................... 24
 MATHEMATICS ............................................................................................ 25
   Accelerated Math ............................................................................................................................. 25
   Single- and Double-Blocking ............................................................................................................. 25
   Math Student Goals .......................................................................................................................... 26
   Pre-AP Math, 6th 6th ................................................................................................................... 26
   Pre-AP Math, 7th 7th ................................................................................................................... 27
   Pre-AP Math, 8th, Pre-Algebra 8th .............................................................................................. 27
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  Pre-AP Math, 8th, Algebra 1 8th .................................................................................................. 28
  Pre-AP/GT Pre-Algebra 6th .......................................................................................................... 29
  Pre-AP/GT Algebra 1 7th .............................................................................................................. 29
  Pre-AP/GT Geometry 8th ............................................................................................................. 29
SCIENCE ................................................................................................... 30
  Pre-AP Science, 6th 6th ................................................................................................................ 31
  Pre-AP/GT Science, 6th 6th .......................................................................................................... 31
  Pre-AP Science, 7th 7th ................................................................................................................ 32
  Pre-AP/GT Science, 7th 7th .......................................................................................................... 32
  Pre-AP Science, 8th 8th ................................................................................................................ 33
  Pre-AP/GT Science, 8th 8th .......................................................................................................... 33
SOCIAL STUDIES ......................................................................................... 34
  Pre-AP Social Studies, 6th 6th ...................................................................................................... 35
  Pre-AP/GT Social Studies, 6th 6th ................................................................................................ 35
  Pre-AP Texas History 7th.............................................................................................................. 36
  Pre-AP/GT Texas History 7th........................................................................................................ 36
  Pre-AP US History 8th .................................................................................................................. 37
  Pre-AP/GT US History 8th ............................................................................................................ 37
6TH GRADE ELECTIVE ROTATION (ER) ................................................................ 38
  ER Technology I and II 6th ............................................................................................................ 38
  ER Leadership 6th ........................................................................................................................ 38
  ER Spanish            6th ............................................................................................................................ 38
  ER Theatre            6th ............................................................................................................................ 38
  ER Art        6th .................................................................................................................................... 38
PHYSICAL EDUCATION (PE) ............................................................................. 39
  Physical Education, 6th 6th .......................................................................................................... 39
  Personal Fitness ................................................................................................................................ 39
  Personal Fitness 7th/8th .............................................................................................................. 39
  Cheerleading 7th/8th ................................................................................................................... 39
  Off-Campus PE (OCPE) 6th/7th/8th ............................................................................................. 40
  Athletics         7th/8th ......................................................................................................................... 41
  Basketball            7th/8th ..................................................................................................................... 42
  Cross Country 7th/8th.................................................................................................................. 42
  Football          7th/8th ......................................................................................................................... 42
  Golf      7th/8th ................................................................................................................................. 43
  Soccer        7th/8th ............................................................................................................................. 43
  Swimming              7th/8th ..................................................................................................................... 44
  Tennis        7th/8th ............................................................................................................................. 44
  Track         7th/8th ............................................................................................................................. 44
  Volleyball            7th/8th ..................................................................................................................... 45
  Wrestling             7th/8th ..................................................................................................................... 45
  Off-Season Conditioning 7th/8th ................................................................................................. 46
FINE ARTS ................................................................................................. 47
  Choir .................................................................................................................................................. 47
  Leopard Choir 6th ........................................................................................................................ 47
  Concert Treble Choir 7th, 8th ...................................................................................................... 47

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  A Cappella Treble Choir 7th, 8th .................................................................................................. 48
  Concert Tenor/Bass Choir 7th/8th ............................................................................................... 48
  A Cappella Tenor/Bass Choir 7th, 8th .......................................................................................... 48
  Limelight 7th/8th ......................................................................................................................... 49
  Centerstage 7th/8th..................................................................................................................... 49
  Band .................................................................................................................................................. 50
  Beginning Band 6th/7th/8th ........................................................................................................ 50
  Symphonic Band 7th/8th ............................................................................................................. 50
  Wind Ensemble 7th/8th ............................................................................................................... 50
  Orchestra .......................................................................................................................................... 51
  Beginning Orchestra 6th/7th/8th ................................................................................................ 51
  Concert Orchestra 6th/7th/8th.................................................................................................... 51
  Chamber Orchestra 6th/7th/8th ................................................................................................. 51
  Art ..................................................................................................................................................... 52
  ER Art         6th .................................................................................................................................... 52
  Drawing and Painting 7th/8th...................................................................................................... 52
  Sculpture              7th/8th ..................................................................................................................... 52
  Drawing and Painting, Advanced 7th/8th.................................................................................... 52
  Sculpture, Advanced 7th/8th ....................................................................................................... 53
  Theatre .............................................................................................................................................. 54
  ER Theatre             6th ............................................................................................................................ 54
  Theatre Arts I 7th/8th .................................................................................................................. 54
  Theatre Arts II 7th/8th ................................................................................................................. 54
  Theatre Production 7th/8th ......................................................................................................... 55
  Theatre Tech, Advanced 7th/8th ................................................................................................. 55
  Acting, Advanced 8th ................................................................................................................... 56
TECHNOLOGY.............................................................................................. 57
  ER Technology I and II ....................................................................................................................... 57
  Technology Applications I 7th/8th ............................................................................................... 57
  Technology Applications II 7th/8th .............................................................................................. 57
  Business Information Management I 8th .................................................................................... 57
PRE-ENGINEERING ....................................................................................... 58
  E-Tech 7th/8th ............................................................................................................................. 58
  Gateway to Technology (GTT) 8th ............................................................................................... 58
  Robotics, Introduction 7th/8th .................................................................................................... 59
  Robotics, Competitive 8th............................................................................................................ 59
COMMUNICATIONS ....................................................................................... 60
  Media, Convergent Digital I 7th/8th ............................................................................................ 60
  Media, Convergent Digital II 7th/8th ........................................................................................... 61
  Media Journalism, Advanced 8th................................................................................................. 61
  Photography, Advanced 8th ........................................................................................................ 61
  Yearbook               7th/8th ..................................................................................................................... 62
  Newspaper              7th/8th ..................................................................................................................... 62
LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH (LOTE) ......................................................... 63
  ER Spanish             6th ............................................................................................................................ 63
  Spanish IA             7th ............................................................................................................................ 63

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  Spanish IB      8th ............................................................................................................................ 63
  Spanish I    8th ................................................................................................................................ 64
SERVICE LEARNING ...................................................................................... 65
  Leadership, ER ................................................................................................................................... 65
  Peer Assistance and Leadership (PALS) 8th ................................................................................. 65
  Peacekeepers 7th/8th .................................................................................................................. 65
  Office Aide     8th ............................................................................................................................ 65
  Library Aide 8th ............................................................................................................................ 65
INDEPENDENT STUDIES .................................................................................. 66
  Independent Studies, Level 1 7th/8th ......................................................................................... 66
  Independent Studies/Mentorship, Level 2 8th ............................................................................ 66




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I.       THE LOVEJOY ISD
         MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAM

Middle school is an exciting and challenging time in a student’s life:

        Students are growing in physical and intellectual abilities.

        Their areas of interest are expanding.

        They are taking on increased responsibilities.

        They are developing new thinking skills that will transition them into the young
         adult years of high school and beyond.

To meet these challenges, Lovejoy ISD and Sloan Creek Middle School offer a rigorous
menu of academic courses, as described in this guidebook. Each class carefully adheres to
the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) guidelines to assure that all instruction is
based on the state-mandated, grade-level-appropriate curriculum goals used in all Texas
school districts.


Course Scheduling and Academic Planning

Lovejoy offers extensive resources to help students and their parents make informed
course choices.


Academic Planning

During the spring of 2010, students who will be enrolled in 7th and 8th grades during
2010-2011 will work with parents, teachers, and counselors to prepare six-year academic
plans that:

        Meet academic needs.

        Explore areas of students’ interests and goals.

        Fulfill high school graduation requirements.

        Prepare for a successful transition to the post-high school years.

Click here to link to worksheet for creating a six-year plan for 7th through 12th grades.




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Schedule Changes

We determine master schedule and staffing needs based on initial student requests for
electives. Classes fill up and may not be offered during all class periods, so transfers may
be difficult once a student’s schedule is made. Therefore, we encourage students and
parents to gather information and make informed choices when selecting classes. We do
understand, however, that schedule changes are occasionally necessary. In these cases,
please follow these guidelines:

      Obtain a Schedule Change Request Form from the Student Support Center. Be sure
       to obtain necessary signatures from teachers and parents before returning the
       completed form to a counselor.

      Schedule changes must be requested within the first ten days of the semester.
       Requests after this time will be considered on an individual basis.

      Teacher change requests require a parent/teacher/administrator conference.

Athletics and year-long electives require extra time and effort. Please take academic and
family obligations into account before making these commitments.


Promotion and Retention

To be promoted from one grade to the next, each middle school student must:

      Maintain yearly grades for English/Language Arts/Reading (ELAR) and Mathematics
       at or above 70%.

      Maintain yearly grades for either Science or Social Studies at or above 70%.

      Maintain attendance at or above 90% (see SCMC Student Handbook).

In addition:

      8th grade students must pass the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS
       tests) in reading and mathematics to be promoted to 9th grade.

      Students have three opportunities to pass the TAKS reading and math tests (two
       during the spring semester and one during the summer).

Students receive help and instruction at all levels:

      7th grade: Students are evaluated for the 8th grade SSI year. Students who need
       additional instruction receive appropriate academic support.

      8th grade: Student progress is evaluated on an ongoing basis. All students with
       identified academic weaknesses receive additional academic support.

      Students who do not pass a TAKS test receive additional instruction and support,
       including an individualized instruction plan.

For more detailed information, refer to the TEA brochure Prepare for Success: A Parent
Guide to the Student Success Initiative at Grade 8.
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Levels of Academic Instruction

Lovejoy provides coursework at all levels of instruction to meet the individual academic
needs of each student.


Pre-AP

The state of Texas designates three levels of instruction for the core academic areas of
Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies:

      Traditional

      Pre-AP (Preparation for Advanced Placement) – Challenging coursework that
       engages students on a high level in preparation for high school AP courses.

      AP (Advanced Placement) – Advanced high school coursework taught on a college
       level. Students who pass AP exams can earn college credit.

Lovejoy believes that every student should have the opportunity to achieve his/her
highest potential. To that end, all regular core academic middle-school courses are taught
at the Pre-AP level. Not all students will choose to continue into the high school AP
program, but all students are given opportunity to prepare for this option.


Gifted/Talented (GT)

Gifted/Talented (GT) classes are designed to meet the social, emotional, and academic
needs of the gifted learner. GT courses teach the same content as the Pre-AP courses, but
in a more in-depth, condensed format. GT core classes are enriched by a thematic
leadership study at each grade level. Additionally, GT students focus on depth and
complexity issues such as:

      Important details and big ideas.

      Different points of view.

      Ethical considerations in controversial issues.

      Analysis of trends and patterns that have developed over time.

      The influence of the content across disciplines.

      Debate of unanswered questions in the field.

Students identified in GT Language Arts will automatically be placed in GT Social
Studies/History (unless otherwise requested). Students identified in GT Math will
automatically be placed in GT Science (unless otherwise requested). Qualification for
individual GT core courses is also available.

Click here for more information about the Lovejoy ISD GT Program.




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Special Services

Individualized instruction is always available for those students who need additional
support to ensure their success.

Special Education/504/Dyslexia Support

Students identified as needing special education, 504, or dyslexia services have access to
a variety of special programming, including life skills, resource math and language arts,
inclusion support in regular education classes, and dyslexia support, including multi-
sensory reading classes. Students are placed in appropriate courses according to their
learning needs, as specified by their dyslexia, ARD, LPAC, or 504 committees.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are available at all levels. Students will be
individually matched to an appropriate level of instruction.




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Core Subjects

The four core subjects include English/Language Arts/Reading (ELAR), mathematics,
science, and social studies. The core subject courses offered at Sloan Creek Middle School
are summarized in the following table.

Elective courses are summarized on page 16.

                   Subject            Grade                    Course
                                                      Pre-AP   English, 6th
                                        6
                                                   Pre-AP/GT   English, 6th
            English/Language Arts/                    Pre-AP   English, 7th
                                        7
                Reading (ELAR)                     Pre-AP/GT   English, 7th
                                                      Pre-AP   English, 8th
                                        8
                                                   Pre-AP/GT   English, 8th
                                                      Pre-AP   Math, 6th
                                        6
                                                   Pre-AP/GT   Pre-Algebra
                                                      Pre-AP   Math, 7th
                                        7
                Mathematics                        Pre-AP/GT   Algebra 1
                                                      Pre-AP   Math, 8th, Pre-Algebra
                                        8             Pre-AP   Math, 8th, Algebra I
                                                   Pre-AP/GT   Geometry
                                                      Pre-AP   Science, 6th
                                        6
                                                   Pre-AP/GT   Science, 6th
                                                      Pre-AP   Science, 7th
                   Science              7
                                                   Pre-AP/GT   Science, 7th
                                                      Pre-AP   Science, 8th
                                        8
                                                   Pre-AP/GT   Science, 8th
                                                      Pre-AP   Social Studies, 6th
                                        6
                                                   Pre-AP/GT   Social Studies, 6th
                                                      Pre-AP   Texas History
                Social Studies          7
                                                   Pre-AP/GT   Texas History
                                                      Pre-AP   US History
                                        8
                                                   Pre-AP/GT   US History


For specific course descriptions, click on course title or refer to the Course Descriptions
section of this guidebook.

The following section explains the sequence of core classes from 6th through 12th grade.
Use this information to help complete your six-year plan.


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Sequencing Overview, Core Courses Grades 6 – 12

The following sections summarize the sequence of courses of the four core subjects from
6th to 12th grades. Note that several paths are available in order to provide appropriate
instruction for students of all levels.

This link contains a worksheet for creating a six-year middle/high school academic plan.


English/Language Arts/Reading (ELAR)

The following charts show the sequence of middle school and high school ELAR courses.

                 Path        Grade                   Course Options
                               6                Pre-AP English, 6th
                               7                Pre-AP English, 7th
                               8                Pre-AP English, 8th
                Pre-AP
                               9                Pre-AP English I
                   or         10                Pre-AP English II
                                                Pre-AP English III
                Pre-AP         11
                                                    AP English III, Language
                 to AP
                                                        English IV
                               12          Dual-Credit* English IV
                                                    AP English IV, Literature

                               6              Pre-AP/GT      English, 6th
                               7              Pre-AP/GT      English, 7th
                               8              Pre-AP/GT      English, 8th
                               9              Pre-AP/GT      English I
                  GT           10             Pre-AP/GT      English II
                                                  GT/AP      English III, Language
                               11
                                                     AP      English III, Language
                                                  GT/AP      English IV, Literature
                               12
                                                     AP      English IV, Literature

              *Dual-Credit courses earn both high school and college credit.




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Mathematics

The following charts show the sequence of middle school and high school mathematics
courses.

Middle-school students begin math at the Pre-AP level, then progress at their own rates,
choosing from the course options shown below.

        Grade               Pre-AP                      Pre-AP to AP
          6                               Pre-AP Math, 6th
          7                               Pre-AP Math, 7th
          8     Pre-AP Math, 8th, Pre-Algebra          Pre-AP Math, 8th, Algebra I
          9     Pre-AP Algebra I                       Pre-AP Geometry
          10    Pre-AP Geometry                        Pre-AP Algebra II
          11    Pre-AP Algebra II                      Pre-AP Pre-Calculus
          12    Pre-AP Pre-Calculus                          AP Calculus AB


Students identified as GT may opt to follow the GT path, choosing individually appropriate
classes in higher grades.

                             Grade                GT
                               6      Pre-AP/GT Pre-Algebra
                               7      Pre-AP/GT Algebra I
                               8      Pre-AP/GT Geometry
                               9      Pre-AP/GT Algebra II
                              10      Pre-AP/GT Pre-Calculus
                                             AP Calculus AB
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                                         AP/GT Calculus BC
                                             AP Calculus BC
                                         AP/GT Calculus BC
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                                             AP Statistics
                                         AP/GT Statistics


For more information about Lovejoy’s accelerated math program, including a discussion of
single- and double-blocked classes, see page 25.




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Science

The following charts show the sequence of middle school and high school Science courses.



 Path   Grade      Course Options             Path   Grade        Course Options
          6     Pre-AP Science, 6th                    6      Pre-AP/GT Science, 6th
          7     Pre-AP Science, 7th                    7      Pre-AP/GT Science, 7th
 Pre-     8     Pre-AP Science, 8th                    8      Pre-AP/GT Science, 8th
                                               GT
  AP      9     Pre-AP Biology                         9      Pre-AP/GT Biology
         10     Pre-AP Chemistry                      10      Pre-AP/GT Chemistry
         11     Pre-AP Physics                        11      Pre-AP/GT Physics




                                           Anatomy and Physiology
                                           Forensic Science
                                      AP   Biology
                         12
                                      AP   Chemistry
                                      AP   Physics
                                      AP   Environmental Science




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Social Studies

The following charts show the sequence of middle school and high school Social Studies
courses.

                Path        Grade                     Course Options
                              6                 Pre-AP Social Studies, 6th
                              7                 Pre-AP Texas History
                              8                 Pre-AP US History
               Pre-AP         9                 Pre-AP World Geography
                                                Pre-AP World History
                  or          10
                                                    AP World History
               Pre-AP                           Pre-AP US History
                              11
                to AP                               AP US History
                                                         Government and Economics
                              12                    AP Government and Economics
                                           Dual-credit* Government and Economics

                               6                    GT       Social Studies, 6th
                               7                    GT       Texas History
                               8                    GT       US History
                               9                    GT       World Geography
                                                    AP       World History
                              10
                 GT                              AP/GT       World History
                                                    AP       US History
                              11
                                                 AP/GT       US History
                                                    AP       Government and Economics
                              12                 AP/GT       Government and Economics
                                           Dual-Credit*      Government and Economics
             *Dual-Credit courses earn both high school and college credit.




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Electives

Students must follow these requirements when choosing electives:

      6th Grade Elective Rotation (ER): All 6th grade students rotate through six 6-week
       elective classes over the course of the year, as explained below.

      Physical Education: Every student must complete four semesters of Physical
       Education during middle school. This includes two semesters of 6th grade PE, plus
       two or more semesters of Personal Fitness (which may include Cheerleading and
       Off-Campus PE) or Athletics during 6th and 7th grades.

      Fine Arts: All 6th grade students are required to take one of the three possible
       music offerings: Band, Choir, or Orchestra. Music classes are available and are
       highly recommended (but not required) for 7th and 8th grades.

      Other: All 7th and 8th graders may choose three elective courses each semester.
       8th grade students who qualify to take a single-blocked math course may choose
       four electives.


6th Grade Elective Rotation (ER)

All 6th grade students rotate through six 6-week Elective Rotation (ER) classes over the
course of the year. ER classes introduce students to various elective opportunities, and
help them identify areas of interest they may want to pursue more in depth in 7th and 8th
grades.

                                                       ER   Technology I
                                      Fall     6       ER   Leadership
                  6th Grade                            ER   Art
            Elective Rotation (ER)                     ER   Technology II
                                     Spring    6       ER   Spanish
                                                       ER   Theatre




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Physical Education (PE)

Every student must complete four semesters of Physical Education during middle school:

      6th grade: Physical Education, 6th – All 6th graders take this introductory, two-
       semester PE course.

      7th and 8th grades: Students choose two (or more) semesters of :

          o   Personal Fitness (including Cheerleading and Off-Campus PE) and/or

          o   Athletics.

Many students complete more than the minimum four semesters of PE requirements.



                                         6                    Physical Education, 6th
                                           7   8              Personal Fitness
                      Personal Fitness
                                           7   8              Cheerleading
              PE
                                         6 7   8              Off-Campus PE (OCPE)
                                           7   8    Athletics Boys
                           Athletics
                                           7   8    Athletics Girls




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Fine Arts

All 6th grade students will take six weeks each of ER Art and ER Theatre as part of the 6th
grade Elective Rotation.

All 6th grade students are also required to take one of the three possible music offerings:
Band, Choir, or Orchestra. Music classes are available and are highly recommended (but
not required) for 7th and 8th grades.

Click on course names or see Course Descriptions section for more detail.

                                      6                   Leopard Choir
                                          7   8           A Cappella Treble Choir
                              Choir       7   8           Concert Treble Choir
                                          7   8           A Cappella Tenor/Bass Choir
                                          7   8           Concert Tenor/Bass Choir
                Music                 6   7   8           Beginning Band
                              Band        7   8           Symphonic Band
                                          7   8           Wind Ensemble
                                   6      7   8           Beginning Orchestra
                         Orchestra 6      7   8           Chamber Orchestra
         Fine                      6      7   8           Concert Orchestra
         Arts                      6                   ER Art
                                          7 8             Drawing and Painting
                        Art               7 8             Sculpture
                                            8             Drawing and Painting, Advanced
                                            8             Sculpture, Advanced
                                      6                ER Theatre
                                          7   8           Theatre Arts I
                                          7   8           Theatre Arts II
                    Theatre
                                          7   8           Theatre Production
                                          7   8           Theatre Tech, Advanced
                                              8           Acting, Advanced




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Technology

Middle school Technology courses introduce students to computer and technology skills.

All 6th grade students will take six weeks each of ER Technology I and II as part of the
Elective Rotation.

                                   6          ER Technology I and II
                                       7 8       Technology Applications I
               Technology
                                       7 8       Technology Applications II
                                         8       Business Information Management I


Engineering

Middle school Engineering courses provide an introduction to the field for students who
may want to pursue engineering coursework in high school and college.

                                       7 8        ETech
                                         8        Gateway to Technology (GTT)
               Engineering
                                       7 8        Robotics, Introduction
                                       7 8        Robotics, Competitive


Communications

Middle school Communications classes introduce students to print and electronic
journalism skills.

                                       7 8        Media, Convergent Digital I
                                       7 8        Media, Convergent Digital II
                                         8        Media Journalism, Advanced
             Communications
                                         8        Photography, Advanced
                                       7 8        Yearbook
                                       7 8        Newspaper




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Languages Other Than English (LOTE)

Sloan Creek Middle School offers LOTE courses in Spanish only. Students who are
interested in other languages, including French, Chinese, and American Sign Language
(ASL) will have the opportunity to study these subjects in high school.

All 6th grade students will take six weeks of ER Spanish as part of the Elective Rotation.

Click on course names or see Course Descriptions section for more detail.

                                               6            ER Spanish
                      Languages Other             7              Spanish IA*
                        Than English
                          (LOTE)                      8          Spanish IB*
                                                      8          Spanish I
                 *Spanish 1A plus 1B is the equivalent of Spanish I, taken at a
                 slower pace and spread out over 2 years.


Service Learning

Click on course names or see Course Descriptions section for more detail.

                                              6              ER    Leadership
                                                     8             PALS
                     Service Learning              7 8             Peacekeepers
                                                     8             Office Aide
                                                     8             Library Aide


Independent Studies

Click on course names or see Course Descriptions section for more detail.

                                            7 8           Independent Studies, Level 1
               Independent Studies
                                              8           Independent Studies, Level 2




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II.   COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

The following sections contain course descriptions and goals for all middle school classes
listed in the tables above.


English/Language Arts/Reading (ELAR)

In middle school, ELAR students are introduced to and learn to effectively use basic
reading, writing, and literary analysis tools through increasingly complex presentations,
reading selections, and written compositions, preparing for advanced study at the high-
school level. In every area of language arts, students are challenged to think on the
higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy (application, analysis, evaluation, and creativity).




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Pre-AP English, 6th .......................................................................... 6th

6th grade Pre-AP English introduces students to basic reading, writing, and literary
analysis tools. Student goals:

Reading.

      Learn/practice close reading fluency and reading analysis.

      Practice reading strategies through age-appropriate, layered texts from diverse
       time periods and cultures.

      Discern simple, effective rhetorical strategies in others’ speaking and writing.

      Gather vocabulary through reading context formal vocabulary/spelling study.

Writing.

      Correctly use basic forms of sentence structure, clauses and phrases; punctuation.

      Write entry-level journals.

      Write single- and multi-paragraph timed essays in class with advance preparation.

      Write longer papers using prewriting, drafting, revision, and polishing techniques.

      Correctly and effectively incorporate quotations into writing.

      Select/use different forms of writing for specific purposes.

      Practice simple, effective rhetorical strategies.

      Revise for content and mechanics.

      Recognize levels of quality in their own writing and in that of others.

      Learn to write more effectively using rubrics as formative assessment tools.

      Use technology to support aspects of creating, revising, editing, and publishing
       texts and presentations.

      Use vocabulary to develop individual voice and style and to express thoughts
       precisely.

Literary analysis.

      Identify/understand/analyze/use basic literary/rhetorical devices: word choice,
       figurative language, diction, imagery, tone, and theme.


Pre-AP/GT English, 6th .................................................................... 6th

Pre-AP/GT English, 6th, teaches the same content as Pre-AP English, 6th, but in a
condensed format with added depth and complexity. For more information on GT courses,
see page 9.
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Pre-AP English, 7th .......................................................................... 7th

7th grade Pre-AP English prepares students for advanced study in reading and writing.
Students refine/master previously learned knowledge and skills in increasingly complex
presentations, reading selections, and written compositions. Student goals:

Reading:

      Continue to read widely in classic and contemporary selections and informational
       texts.

      Evaluate a spoken message in terms of its content, credibility, and delivery.

      Use knowledge of Greek and Latin roots/prefixes/suffixes in reading.

      Recognize how style, tone, and mood contribute to the effect of the text.

Writing:

      Select/use different forms of writing for specific purposes such as to inform,
       persuade, or entertain.

      Vary sentence structure.

      Use verb tenses (present, past, future, perfect, and progressive)
       appropriately/consistently.

      Edit/revise writing based on knowledge of grammar, usage, spelling, punctuation,
       and other conventions of written language.

      Produce final, error-free pieces of written composition on a regular basis.

      Draw data from multiple primary and secondary sources for use in research reports
       and projects.


Pre-AP/GT English, 7th .................................................................... 7th

Pre-AP/GT English, 7th, teaches the same content as Pre-AP English, 7th, but in a
condensed format with added depth and complexity. For more information on GT courses,
see page 9.




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Pre-AP English, 8th .......................................................................... 8th

8th grade Pre-AP English prepare students for advanced study of literature and writing at
the high school level. Student goals:

Reading:

      Continue to read widely in classic and contemporary selections and informational
       texts.

      Identify characteristics of various literary forms.

Writing:

      Refine and master previously learned knowledge and skills in increasingly complex
       presentations, reading selections, and writing.

      Select/use different forms of writing for specific purposes such as to inform,
       persuade, or entertain.

      Produce multi-paragraph compositions with varied sentence structure.

      Edit writing based on knowledge of grammar and usage, spelling, punctuation, and
       other conventions of written language.

      Students produce final, error-free pieces of written composition on a regular basis.

      Use citations competently.

      Follow accepted formats for research reports.

      Present oral and written reports, including presentations strengthened by visuals
       and media.


Pre-AP/GT English, 8th .................................................................... 8th

Pre-AP/GT English, 8th, teaches the same content as Pre-AP English, 8th, but in a
condensed format with added depth and complexity. For more information on GT courses,
see page 9.




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Mathematics

Lovejoy ISD supports the TEA’s philosophy for math instruction in middle school.
Mathematics courses in grades 6-8 build a foundation of basic understanding of:

      Number, operation, quantitative reasoning           Measurement

      Patterns, relationships, algebraic thinking         Probability/statistics

      Geometry and spatial reasoning



Accelerated Math

Lovejoy’s math program is accelerated:

      Pre-AP Math for 6th and 7th grades is an accelerated program that prepares
       students to study algebra in the 8th grade.

      Pre-AP Math, 6th, teaches 6th grade TEKS plus appropriate 7th grade TEKS.

      Pre-AP Math, 7th, teaches 7th grade TEKS and pre-algebra TEKS.

      The two classes offered for Pre-AP Math, 8th, teach Pre-Algebra and Algebra I
       TEKS. Students are placed in the appropriate class based on Iowa Algebra Aptitude
       Test (IAAT) scores, grades, previous TAKS performance, and teacher input.


Single- and Double-Blocking

Lovejoy’s 6th grade, 7th grade, and some 8th grade math courses are ―double-blocked‖.
That is, they span two classes, or 90 minutes per day—twice as much time as most
middle school math courses. Since the 6th and 7th grade TEKS overlap, this double class
time allows students to be successful with the accelerated pace.

As with all Lovejoy classes, every student receives appropriate instruction to ensure
success, including extra support, when needed. Diagnostic testing throughout the school
year ensures that teachers know where student are in their understanding.

In short:

      Double-blocked math classes span two class periods each day to help ensure
       success for all students in Lovejoy’s accelerated math program.

      Single-blocked math classes are scheduled during a standard class period. They
       cover the same material at an accelerated pace.

      Some classes are offered in both single- and double-blocked formats. Students will
       be assigned to an appropriate class according to individual need.




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Math Student Goals

      Use concepts, algorithms, and properties of rational numbers to explore
       mathematical relationships and describe increasingly complex situations.

      Use algebraic thinking to describe how a change in one quantity in a relationship
       results in a change in the other;

      Connect verbal/numeric/graphic/symbolic representations of relationships.

      Use geometric properties and relationships, as well as spatial reasoning, to model
       and analyze situations and solve problems.

      Communicate information about objects or situations by quantifying attributes,
       generalize procedures from measurement experiences, and use the procedures to
       solve problems.

      Use appropriate statistics, representations of data, reasoning, and concepts of
       probability to draw conclusions, evaluate arguments, and make recommendations.

      Use problem solving, language, and communication to make connections within and
       outside mathematics.

      Use technology (four-function calculators for whole numbers, decimals, and
       fractions) and other mathematical tools (such as manipulative materials) to develop
       conceptual understanding and to solve problems.


Pre-AP Math, 6th ............................................................................. 6th

Pre-AP Math, 6th, is an accelerated program that covers all TEKS required for both 6th
and 7th grades (over 60% of the 6th grade TEKS are repeated in 7th grade TEKS):

      (6th) Use ratios to describe proportional relationships involving number, geometry,
       measurement, and probability.

      (6th) Add/subtract decimals and fractions.

      (7th) Use proportional relationships in number
       sense/geometry/measurement/probability;

      (7th) Add/subtract/multiply/divide decimals, fractions, and integers,

      (7th) Use statistical measures to describe data.

This course is double-blocked; that is, it is taught 90 minutes per day—twice as much
time as most middle school math courses. Since the 6th and 7th grade TEKS overlap, this
double class time allows students to be successful with the accelerated pace. Of course, as
with all Lovejoy classes, we work with individual students who need extra support to
ensure their success. Diagnostic testing throughout the school year ensures that teachers
know where student are in their understanding.



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Pre-AP Math, 7th ............................................................................. 7th

Pre-AP math, 7th, is an accelerated program that reviews 7th grade TEKS, then
concentrates on pre-algebra goals:

      Use proportional relationships in number sense, geometry, measurement, and
       probability.

      Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of decimals, fractions, and
       integers.

      Use statistical measures to describe data.

Students are also taught the pre-algebra TEKS (basic principles of algebra):

      Analyze and represent proportional and non-proportional relationships.

      Use probability to describe data and make predictions.

This course is double-blocked; that is, it is taught 90 minutes per day—twice as much
time as most middle school math courses. This double class time allows students to be
successful with the accelerated pace. Of course, as with all Lovejoy classes, we work with
individual students who need extra support to ensure their success. Diagnostic testing
throughout the school year ensures that teachers know where student are in their
understanding.

Readiness for algebra is assessed during the spring of 7th grade when students take the
Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test (IAAT). Based on the IAAT score, student grades, previous
TAKS performance, and teacher recommendation, students are individually placed in one
of the following 8th grade courses:

      Pre-AP Math, 8th, Algebra I - double-blocked, 90 minutes daily,

      Pre-AP Math, 8th, Algebra I - single-blocked, 45 minutes daily, or

      Pre-AP Math, 8th (Pre-Algebra) - emphasis on reinforcing pre-algebra skills and
       preparing for 9th grade Algebra I.

Parents of students whose data suggests they are not ready for Pre-AP Math, 8th,
Algebra I may petition the principal to move their student into the Pre-AP Math, 8th,
Algebra I course. At that time, a committee of the principal, counselor, teacher, and
parent will determine what is best for the student.


Pre-AP Math, 8th, Pre-Algebra ......................................................... 8th

Pre-AP Math, 8th, Pre-Algebra focuses on mastery of pre-algebra skills and builds a
foundation for success in Pre-AP Algebra I in 9th grade.




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Pre-AP Math, 8th, Algebra 1 ............................................................ 8th

Pre-AP Math, 8th, Algebra I is an accelerated program that prepares students to study
more complex high school math courses, such as Geometry (9th), Algebra II (10th), Pre-
Calculus (11th) and other advanced math courses (AP Calculus, AP Statistics, College
Algebra). This class earns high school credit.

Pre-AP Math, 8th, Algebra I is the foundational math course for high school mathematics.
In this course, students continue to build on the basic, essential mathematical foundation
built in K-8th grades:

      Number, operation, quantitative reasoning.            Measurement.

      Patterns, relationships, algebraic thinking.          Probability/statistics.

      Geometry and spatial reasoning.

Algebra 1 students expand their understanding of these foundational concepts through
other mathematical experiences, and focus on new algebraic thinking skills:

      Symbolic reasoning. Symbols provide powerful ways to represent mathematical
       situations and to express generalizations. Students will use symbols in a variety of
       ways to study relationships among quantities.

      Functions. Functions represent the systematic dependence of one quantity on
       another. Students will use functions to represent and model problem situations and
       to analyze and interpret relationships.

      Relationships between equations and functions. Equations arise as a way of asking
       and answering questions involving functional relationships. Students work in many
       situations to set up equations and use a variety of methods to solve these
       equations.

      Tools for algebraic thinking. Students use a variety of representations (concrete,
       numerical, algorithmic, and graphical), tools, and technology (including powerful
       and accessible hand-held calculators and computers with graphing capabilities) to
       work with functions and equations essential to understanding underlying
       relationships.

      Underlying mathematical processes. Many processes underlie all content areas in
       mathematics. Students continually use problem-solving, computation in problem-
       solving contexts, language and communication, connections within and outside
       mathematics, and reasoning, as well as multiple representations, applications and
       modeling, and justification and proof.




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Pre-AP/GT Pre-Algebra .................................................................... 6th

Pre-AP/GT Math Pre-Algebra covers the course content of Pre-AP Math, 7th, (Pre-Algebra)
at an accelerated pace, in a compacted format, and with added depth and complexity. For
more information on GT courses, see page 9.


Pre-AP/GT Algebra 1 ....................................................................... 7th

Pre-AP/GT Algebra 1 covers the course content of Pre-AP Math, 8th, Algebra I, at an
accelerated pace, in a compacted format, and with added depth and complexity. This class
is double-blocked (two-period). This course earns high school credit. For more information
on GT courses, see page 9.


Pre-AP/GT Geometry ....................................................................... 8th

Pre-AP/GT Geometry covers the course content of 9th grade Geometry, at an accelerated
pace, in a compacted format, and with added depth and complexity. This course is single-
blocked (one-period). This course earns high school credit.

Geometry (from the Greek ―geo,‖ [earth] and ―metron‖ [to measure]) is the branch of
mathematics dealing with lines, angles, shapes, and their relationships. Although founded
in the study of the earth, today’s geometry is more the study of shapes.

The content of this class is progressive in difficulty and builds on itself, allowing students
to gain perspective on the connected nature of mathematics using the following concepts
and tools:

      Reasoning and Proof                             Trigonometry

      Parallel and Perpendicular Lines                Transformations

      Triangle Relationships                          Circles

      Quadrilaterals                                  Area/volume of polygons and
                                                        circles
      Proportions and Similarity




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Science

Science at Sloan Creek Middle School mirrors the TEA expectations. To that end, students
will learn the following overriding themes.

Science is:

      The ―use of evidence to construct testable explanations and predictions of natural
       phenomena, as well as the knowledge generated through this process.‖

      A vast, changing, and increasing body of knowledge.

      Described by physical, mathematical, and conceptual models.

Science can answer certain types of questions, but not others:

      Some questions are outside the realm of science because they deal with
       phenomena that are not scientifically testable.

      Some questions can be answered by scientific investigation using methods, models,
       and conclusions that can change as new observations are made.

Scientific hypotheses are:

      Tentative, testable statements.

      Capable of being supported or not supported by observational evidence.

Scientific theories are:

      Hypotheses of durable explanatory power that have been tested over a wide variety
       of conditions.

      Based on natural and physical phenomena.

      Are capable of being confirmed by multiple, independent researchers.

      Well-established and highly reliable, but may change as new information and
       technologies are developed.

Students will learn to distinguish between:

      Scientific decision-making methods.

      Ethical/social decisions involving the application of scientific information.

The content of all three grades is interdisciplinary (involving sciences, mathematics,
technology, etc.), and is organized as multi-grade blocks rather than individual grade
levels. Recurring, interdisciplinary themes include:

      change and constancy            cycles                          models

      patterns                        systems                         scale



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The strands for 6th, 7th, and 8th grades include:

      Scientific investigations and reasoning.              Earth and space.

      Matter and energy.                                    Organisms and environment.

      Force, motion, and energy.

Students will develop a rich knowledge of science and the natural world while learning
about the different modes of scientific inquiry, including laboratory and field
investigations.


Pre-AP Science, 6th ......................................................................... 6th

Pre-AP Science, 6th, focuses primarily on physical science.

6th grade topics include:

      Elements and compounds, including determining differences based on observations,
       physical properties, and chemical reactions.

      Ethical/social issues of earth’s natural energy resources.

      The relationship between force and motion; calculations and measurements of force
       and motion.

      Earth as a part of the solar system, the organization of the solar system, the role of
       gravity, and space exploration.

      Taxonomic classifications of organisms (broad overview).

      Interdependence between organisms and their environments.

      Ecosystems.


Pre-AP/GT Science, 6th ................................................................... 6th

Pre-AP/GT Science, 6th, covers the course content of Pre-AP Science, 6th, at an
accelerated pace, in a compacted format, and with added depth and complexity. GT
science students participate in problem-based learning (open-ended) activities. For more
information on GT courses, see page 9.




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Pre-AP Science, 7th ......................................................................... 7th

Pre-AP Science, 7th, focuses primarily on organisms and the environment.

7th grade topics include:

      Conservation of matter and energy of in living systems.

      Force, motion, and energy in living systems and the environment.

      The characteristics of earth (in relation to the solar system) that allow life to exist.

      The relationships between living organisms and their environment.

      Structures in living systems, especially internal structures and functions.

      Plant and animal cells, especially the internal structures that obtain energy, get rid
       of wastes, grow, and reproduce in different ways.

      Major functions of human body systems.


Pre-AP/GT Science, 7th ................................................................... 7th

Pre-AP/GT Science, 7th, covers the course content of Pre-AP Science, 7th, at an
accelerated pace, in a compacted format, and with added depth and complexity. GT
science students participate in problem-based learning (open-ended) activities. For more
information on GT courses, see page 9.




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Pre-AP Science, 8th ......................................................................... 8th

Pre-AP Science, 8th, focuses primarily on earth and space science.

Topics include:

      Matter, atoms, and elements; grouping of matter by families on the Periodic Table.

      Chemical reactions; chemical formulas and balanced equations; the formation of
       new substances.

      Forces and motion in relation to Newton’s three laws, geologic processes and
       astronomical phenomena, and everyday objects/activities.

      The role of natural events in altering earth systems.

      The characteristics of the solar system and the universe, including scientific
       theories of origin.

      Dynamics of earth, especially the earth’s changes over time by plate tectonics;
       depositional and erosional features on topographic maps.

      Weather and climate, especially how interactions in solar, weather, and ocean
       systems create changes.

      Interactions between organisms in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, including
       producer/consumer, predator/prey, and parasite/host relationships.

      The impact of short- and long-term environmental changes (including human-
       caused) on organisms and their populations.


Pre-AP/GT Science, 8th ................................................................... 8th

Pre-AP/GT Science, 8th, covers the course content of Pre-AP Science, 8th, at an
accelerated pace, in a compacted format, and with added depth and complexity. GT
science students participate in problem-based learning (open-ended) activities. For more
information on GT courses, see page 9.




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Social Studies

Lovejoy ISD teaches the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) using a variety of
rich primary and secondary source materials such as:

      Biographies                  Speeches                     Poetry

      Autobiographies              Letters                      Songs

      Novels                       Diaries                      Artwork

The social studies TEKS are also integrated with:

      History and geography TEKS (establishing a sense of time/place).

      Critical-thinking skills (allowing a greater depth of understanding of complex
       content material).

Throughout K-12 social studies, students build a foundation of social studies skills
integrated with:

      History                      Government                   Science

      Geography                    Citizenship                  Technology

      Economics                    Culture                      Society

In each course, grade-appropriate content enables students to:

      Understand the importance of patriotism.

      Function in a free-enterprise society.

      Appreciate the basic democratic values of our state and nation.




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Pre-AP Social Studies, 6th ............................................................... 6th

In 6th grade social studies, students study people/places/societies of the contemporary
world, including:

      Europe                        South America                  East Asia

      Russia                        Southwest Asia                 Southeast Asia

      Eurasian republics            North Africa                   Australia

      North America                 Sub-Saharan Africa             Pacific Realm

      Middle America                South Asia

Student goals:

      Describe the influence of individuals and groups on historical and contemporary
       events in those societies

      Identify the locations and geographic characteristics of selected societies.

      Identify different ways of organizing economic and governmental systems.

      Understand the basic concepts of limited and unlimited government.

      Describe the nature of citizenship in various societies.

      Compare institutions common to all societies such as government, education, and
       religious institutions.

      Explain how technology levels affect the development of the selected societies.

      Identify different points of view about selected events.


Pre-AP/GT Social Studies, 6th ......................................................... 6th

Pre-AP/GT Social Studies, 6th, covers the course content of Pre-AP Social Studies, 6th, at
an accelerated pace, in a compacted format, and with added depth and complexity. For
more information on GT courses, see page 9.




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Pre-AP Texas History ....................................................................... 7th

7th grade students study Texas history—from early times to the present—in more
depth/breadth than previously taught in 4th grade. Students use primary and secondary
sources to examine the full scope of Texas history, including the following topics:

      Cultures of Native Americans living in Texas prior to European exploration.

      Eras of mission-building, colonization, revolution, republic, and statehood.

      Key individuals/events/issues of each era, and their impact.

      Regions of Texas and the distribution of population within and among the regions
       and explain the factors that caused Texas to change from an agrarian to an urban
       society.

      Structure and functions of municipal, county, and state governments.

      The influence of the U.S. Constitution on the Texas Constitution.

      Rights and responsibilities of Texas citizens.

      The rich and diverse cultural background of Texas, including the different
       racial/ethnic groups that settled in Texas to build a republic and then a state.


Pre-AP/GT Texas History ................................................................. 7th

Pre-AP/GT Texas History covers the course content Pre-AP Texas History at an accelerated
pace, in a compacted format, and with added depth and complexity. For more information
on GT courses, see page 9.

8th grade GT US history students also participate in the Collin County Bar Association
Mock Trial competition.




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Pre-AP US History ............................................................................ 8th

8th grade students study the history of the United States—from the early colonial period
through Reconstruction—in more depth/complexity and with more critical thinking skills
than previously taught in 5th grade. Students use written, visual, and oral assignments
(including two free response and two document-based essays) to understand the content:

      Citizenship responsibilities of being an American.

      The thirteen original 13 English colonies, why they were founded, and how they
       developed different economies based on their different geographies.

      The many causes and events of the American Revolution.

      The Articles of Confederation (the nation’s first government), its principles, and why
       it failed.

      The creation and ratification of the Constitution.

      Principles of our government, including separation of powers, checks and balances,
       federalism, limited government, and individual rights.

      The first five Presidents of the United States.

      The many policies/precedents that were established to create a stable, working
       government for the nation.

      Westward expansion, including the acquisition of new land areas, the settlement of
       the West, and the idea of Manifest Destiny.

      The many causes of the Civil War, including states’ rights, sectionalism, and
       slavery.

      The major events and battles of the Civil War.

      Reconstruction—how the nation rebuilt itself physically and emotionally after the
       Civil War.


Pre-AP/GT US History ...................................................................... 8th

Pre-AP/GT US History covers the course content Pre-AP US History at an accelerated pace,
in a compacted format, and with added depth and complexity. For more information on GT
courses, see page 9.

8th grade GT US history students also participate in the Collin County Bar Association
Mock Trial competition.




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6th Grade Elective Rotation (ER)

All 6th grade students rotate through six 6-week elective classes over the course of the
year:

Fall Semester                            Spring Semester

      ER Technology I                         ER Technology II

      ER Leadership                           ER Spanish

      ER Art                                  ER Theatre

These are short courses of approximately 15 lessons each, providing a very basic
introduction to the various elective opportunities. In this way, students may identify areas
of interest they may want to pursue more in depth in 7th/8th grades.


ER Technology I and II .................................................................... 6th

ER Technology I (fall) introduces students to basic technology application skills using
Microsoft 2007—primarily Microsoft Word—plus the use of basic network drives, student
email accounts, and keyboarding.

In ER Technology II (spring), students continue learning basic technology skills and are
introduced to Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint.

These classes lay the foundation for students to use technology skills in classes across the
curriculum.


ER Leadership .................................................................................. 6th

This course introduces students to the qualities listed in the Lovejoy Graduate Profile.


ER Spanish ....................................................................................... 6th

This course introduces students to basic conversational Spanish.


ER Theatre ....................................................................................... 6th

This course introduces students to the basic concepts of theatre.


ER Art .............................................................................................. 6th

This course introduces students to basic art concepts.




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Physical Education (PE)

Every student must complete four semesters of Physical Education during middle school:

       6th grade: Physical Education, 6th – All 6th graders take this introductory, two-
        semester PE course.

       7th and 8th grades: Students choose two (or more) semesters of :

             o   Personal Fitness (including Cheerleading and Off-Campus PE) and/or

             o   Athletics.

Many students complete more than the minimum four semesters of PE requirements.


Physical Education, 6th .................................................................... 6th

All 6th grade students take two semesters of physical education. This course exposes
students to specific sports, general fitness, and agility training. The primary focus is
participation, enjoyment, and understanding the importance of healthy lifestyles.


Personal Fitness

Qualifying Personal Fitness courses include Personal Fitness, Cheerleading, and Off-
Campus PE (OCPE).

Personal Fitness .............................................................................................. 7th/8th

Personal Fitness focuses on fitness and strength training. The class includes aerobic
exercise and the fundamentals/techniques of athletic strength and agility training.

Cheerleading ................................................................................................... 7th/8th

Cheerleading is open to all 7th and 8th grade students. Class time includes conditioning
exercises, building/stunt work techniques, and cheer practice. Annual cost (for camp,
uniforms, etc.) is approximately $700. Cheerleaders earn PE credit for participation. All
cheerleaders will:

       Cheer at all home football and basketball games, including those before and after
        school and on weekends.

       Participate in pep rallies and other activities required by the instructor.

       Attend before- or after-school practices.

       Meet UIL guidelines.

       Have a complete physical examination each school year.




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Off-Campus PE (OCPE) ............................................................................. 6th/7th/8th

Pre-requisite: Application                                                   One Semester or Full Year

Students who are serious athletes outside the school setting may earn Off-Campus PE
(OCPE) credits.

OCPE is a cooperative agreement between Lovejoy ISD, the student, and a student-
selected, approved off-campus agency. Students earn one semester of PE credit for each
semester of OCPE.

Approved OCPE activities include, but are not limited to, the following:

       Aquatics                             Cross Country                      Martial Arts

       Diving                               Cycling                            Softball

       Swimming                             Dance                              Football

       Synchrony Swimming                   Equestrian                         Tennis

       Archery                              Fencing                            Track and Field

       Baseball                             Gymnastics                         Golf

       Boxing                               Hockey                             Wrestling

State criteria allow for two levels of OCPE participation

       Level 1 (Olympic). Athletes participate in a minimum of 15 hours/week of highly
        intense, professional, supervised athletic training. The facility, instructors, and
        activities must be pre-approved and of exceptional quality. Level I OCPE athletes
        may be dismissed from school for one hour each day; however, they may not miss
        any class other than Physical Education.

       Level II. Athletes attend private or commercially-sponsored physical activities for a
        minimum of 5 hours/week. The facility, instructors, and activities must be pre-
        approved and of high quality. Level II OCPE students may not be dismissed from
        any part of the regular school day.

OCPE participation must be pre-approved with the Director of Athletics. For detailed
information download the Off-Campus PE Application Form.




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Athletics ................................................................................... 7th/8th

Athletics gives students the opportunity to participate in organized, competitive, team
sports. Students enroll in either Boys Athletics or Girls Athletics, then select at least one
UIL-sanctioned sport each year. These selections may be changed with a coach’s approval
during the transition periods between Fall, Winter, and Spring seasons.

All Lovejoy athletes will:

      Have a complete physical examination each school year.

      Learn/practice/demonstrate sportsmanship, sacrifice, commitment, and teamwork.

      Learn and practice the fundamentals, techniques, and the team strategies of the
       Lovejoy Leopard and Lovejoy Lady Leopard sports programs.

      Participate in at least one UIL-sanctioned sport of his/her choice.

      Attend all practices/matches/games, including those held before and after school,
       on weekends, and during summer and winter breaks.


Athletes may choose from the following list of sports (grouped according to season):

                           Fall                 Winter                 Spring

                         Football            Basketball*
                                                                       Track
                                  Cross Country

                                              Wrestling                Golf*
                       Volleyball*
                                               Soccer*                Tennis*

                                              Swimming


*These sports require a tryout. Athletes who try out but do not make these teams must
play another sport or enroll in the off-season program.



The following sections describe each sport program (listed alphabetically).




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Basketball ....................................................................................................... 7th/8th

Tryouts: October                                                                      Winter (October-February)

All Basketball players will:

        Learn the fundamentals and team strategies of the Lovejoy Leopard/Lovejoy Lady
         Leopard Basketball programs.

        Attend all practices and games during the competitive season, including winter
         tournaments on Fridays and Saturdays.

        Participate in another sport or enroll in Off-Season Conditioning when Basketball is
         not in-season.

        Athletes who try out but do not make the team must play another sport or enroll in
         the off-season program.

Cross Country .................................................................................................. 7th/8th

Tryouts: not required                                                         Fall, Winter (August-December)

All Lovejoy Cross Country team runners will:

        Learn the fundamental, techniques, and team strategies of the Lovejoy
         Leopard/Lovejoy Lady Leopard Cross Country teams.

        Participate in workouts comprising many miles of running to establish a proper base
         for long-distance running.

        Attend all workouts and meets during the competitive season, including those
         before and after school and on weekends.

        Participate in another sport or enroll in Off-Season Conditioning when Cross
         Country is not in-season.

Football ........................................................................................................... 7th/8th

Tryouts: not required                                                                     Fall (August-November)

All Football players will:

        Learn and practice the fundamentals, techniques, and the team strategies of the
         Lovejoy Leopard Football program.

        Attend all games and practices during the football season, including before/after
         school practices and weekend games.

        Participate in another sport or enroll in Off-Season Conditioning when Football is
         not in-season.




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Golf ................................................................................................................. 7th/8th

Tryouts: March                                                                                  Spring (March-April)

Middle school Golf is a developmental class. Enrollment is limited due to supervision and
space limitations. Interested students will be given an opportunity to display their skills,
and will be evaluated on hitting short and long irons and wood clubs. Golfers who are not
selected for the class may take Off-Season Conditioning, Track, Tennis, or Personal
Fitness (which will teach golf skills for at least a six-week period).

All golfers will:

        Learn the fundamentals and team strategies of the Lovejoy Leopard/Lovejoy Lady
         Leopard Golf teams.

        Attend before-school practices (7:30-8:30 a.m.) at the Sloan Creek campus.

        Provide their own equipment.

        Provide their own transportation to any practices held at local golf courses.

        Participate in another sport or enroll in Off-Season Conditioning when Golf is not in-
         season.

        Athletes who try out but do not make the team must play another sport or enroll in
         Off-Season Conditioning.

Soccer ............................................................................................................. 7th/8th

Tryouts: January                                                                        Winter (January to March)

All soccer players will:

        Learn the fundamentals, techniques, and team strategies Lovejoy Leopard/Lovejoy
         Lady Leopard soccer teams.

        Attend all practices and games during the competitive season, including those
         before and after school and on weekends. Some Saturday practices may be
         required.

        Participate in another sport or enroll in Off-Season Conditioning when Soccer is not
         in-season.

        Athletes who try out but do not make the team must play another sport or enroll in
         Off-Season Conditioning.




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Swimming ....................................................................................................... 7th/8th

Tryouts: not required                                                        Fall, Winter, Spring (August-May)

Previous swim experience is an advantage, but is not required. All swimmers will:

        Learn the fundamentals of swimming and the team strategies of the Lovejoy
         Leopard/Lovejoy Lady Leopard Swim teams.

        Attend all practices and meets held during the competitive season, including any
         that may be held during the winter break.

        Provide transportation to the off-site natatorium practice pool, if necessary.
         (Lovejoy ISD will provide bus transportation back to the Sloan Creek campus.)

Tennis ............................................................................................................. 7th/8th

Tryouts: January                                                                          Spring (January to May)

All Tennis players will:

        Learn the fundamentals and techniques of competitive tennis and participate on the
         Lovejoy Leopard/Lovejoy Lady Leopard Tennis teams.

        Attend all practices and matches during the competitive season, including those
         before and after school and on weekends.

        Participate in another sport or enroll in Off-Season Conditioning when Tennis is not
         in-season.

        Athletes who try out but do not make the team must play another sport or enroll in
         Off-Season Conditioning.

Track ............................................................................................................... 7th/8th

Tryouts: not required                                                                      Spring (February-April)

All Track athletes will:

        Learn the fundamental, techniques, and team strategies of the Lovejoy
         Leopard/Lovejoy Lady Leopard Track and Field teams, including running, jumping
         and other track-related techniques.

        Attend all practices and meets during the track season, including those before and
         after school and on weekends.

        Participate in another sport or enroll in Off-Season Conditioning when Track is not
         in-season.




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Volleyball ........................................................................................................ 7th/8th

Tryouts: August                                                                             Fall (August-October)

All Volleyball players will:

        Learn the fundamental, techniques, and team strategies of the Lovejoy Lady
         Leopard volleyball program.

        Attend all practices and games during the volleyball season, including before/after
         school practices and district volleyball tournaments on Fridays/Saturdays.

        Participate in another sport or enroll in Off-Season Conditioning when Volleyball is
         not in-season.

        Athletes who try out but do not make the team must play another sport or enroll in
         Off-Season Conditioning.

Wrestling ........................................................................................................ 7th/8th

Tryouts: not required                                                             Winter (November-February)

All wrestlers will:

        Learn the fundamentals and team strategies of the Lovejoy Leopard/Lovejoy Lady
         Leopard competitive Wrestling programs.

        Attend all practices and meets during the competitive season, including any that
         may be held during the winter break. Practices are held before school at the indoor
         multi-purpose facility.

        Purchase all necessary wrestling equipment.

        Participate in another sport or enroll in Off-Season Conditioning when Wrestling is
         not in-season.




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Off-Season Conditioning .................................................................................. 7th/8th

Off-Season Conditioning maintains an athlete’s aerobic/anaerobic strength when his/her
sport is out of season. Workouts consist of running, agility, and weight training.

Students enrolled in Off-Season Conditioning must participate in one sport. Students who
do not select a sport may choose Personal Fitness or another elective. We encourage
students to stay in a class that promotes physical fitness.

Off-season athletes must choose one of the following two options:

       8:00 a.m. workout (optional): Students work out before school each morning, then
        have 1st period available to shower, change clothes, and eat breakfast.
        This session is optional.

       8:45 a.m. workout: Students work out during first period, then proceed
        immediately to their second-period class. This session is mandatory IF the student
        does not choose the optional 8:00 workout.




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Fine Arts

The Fine Arts department includes courses in music (Choir, Band, and Orchestra), art, and
theatre.

All 6th grade students are required to take one full year of Choir, Band, or Orchestra.
Music classes are highly recommended (but not required) for 7th and 8th grades.


Choir

Lovejoy provides choir instruction at all levels for both girls and boys.

        Private lessons. Choir students are encouraged but not required to study with
         private instructors during the school year. Lovejoy’s staff of supplemental music
         teachers is available for optional, weekly private lessons, for a fee.

        Commitment. Students are expected to complete a full year of instruction when
         they select music course. Please carefully consider this commitment when choosing
         to enroll in Choir.

Leopard Choir ......................................................................................................... 6th

Boys and Girls combined (no audition required)                                                                Full Year

6th grade Leopard Choir students will learn, develop, and explore:

        Choral skills previously introduced at the elementary level.

        Music reading skills, including basic music theory, rhythm, and sight-reading.

        Vocal production through the singing of unison and two-part music.

Concert Treble Choir ........................................................................................ 7th, 8th

Girls                                                                                                         Full Year

Girls in the Select/Concert Treble Choir will:

        Build on vocal technique and sight-reading skills learned in Leopard Choir.

        Sing a variety of styles of music.

        Have many performances opportunities, including a fall concert, a musical, a winter
         concert, Solo and Ensemble Recital, UIL Concert, a spring concert, and TMEA All-
         Region Auditions.

All students must meet UIL guidelines for eligibility.




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A Cappella Treble Choir ................................................................................... 7th, 8th

Girls                                                                                                   Full Year

Girls in this advanced, audition-only choir will:

       Build on skills in vocal technique and sight-reading learned in Leopard Choir and/or
        Concert Treble Choirs.

       Sing a variety of styles of music.

       Have many performances opportunities, including a fall concert, a musical, a winter
        concert, Solo and Ensemble Recital, UIL Concert, a spring concert, and TMEA All-
        Region Auditions.

       Perform several pieces with the A Capella Tenor/Bass Choir on every concert.

All students must meet UIL guidelines for eligibility.

Concert Tenor/Bass Choir ............................................................................... 7th/8th

Boys                                                                                                    Full Year

Boys in the Varsity Tenor/Bass Choir will:

       Develop basic vocal and sight-reading skills.

       Sing a variety of styles of music.

       Have many performances opportunities, including a fall concert, a musical, a winter
        concert, Solo and Ensemble Recital, UIL Concert, a spring concert, and TMEA All-
        Region Auditions.

       Perform several pieces with the A Capella Treble Choir on every concert.

All students must meet UIL guidelines for eligibility.

A Cappella Tenor/Bass Choir ........................................................................... 7th, 8th

Boys                                                                                                    Full Year

Boys in this advanced, audition-only choir will:

       Build on skills in vocal technique and sight-reading learned in the Leopard Choir
        and/or Concert Tenor/Bass Choirs.

       Sing a variety of styles of music.

       Have many performances opportunities, including a fall concert, a musical, a winter
        concert, Solo and Ensemble Recital, UIL Concert, a spring concert, and TMEA All-
        Region Auditions.

       Perform several pieces with the Concert Tenor/Bass Choirs on every concert.

All students must meet UIL guidelines for eligibility.

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Limelight ......................................................................................................... 7th/8th

Boys                                                                                                          Full Year

Limelight is an advanced, audition-only boys’ pop group choir that rehearses after school
one day each week. To audition (usually during the third week of the school year),
students must perform a pop, jazz, Broadway, or country song with an accompaniment
track.

Limelight is an extra-curricular activity; do not register for this activity on your course
schedule.

Centerstage ..................................................................................................... 7th/8th

Girls                                                                                                         Full Year

Centerstage is an advanced, audition-only girls’ pop group choir that rehearses after
school one day each week. To audition (usually during the third week of the school year),
students must perform a pop, jazz, Broadway, or country song with an accompaniment
track.

Centerstage is an extra-curricular activity; do not register for this activity on your course
schedule.




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Band

Band classes teach woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. (For stringed
instruments, see Orchestra.) Band students are placed in classes with other students with
comparable music skills. Many fun and social activities are planned throughout the year.

       Cost. Most parents rent student instruments through local music retailers. A few
        school-owned instruments (oboe, bassoon, French horn, euphonium, and tuba) are
        available to use for a nominal fee. Students using school instruments must
        purchase their own accessories (mouthpiece, valve oil, reeds, etc.).

       Private lessons. Band students are encouraged but not required to study with
        private instructors during the school year. Lovejoy’s staff of supplemental music
        teachers is available for optional, weekly private lessons, for a fee.

       Commitment. Students are expected to complete a full year of instruction when
        they select music course. Please carefully consider this commitment when choosing
        to enroll in Band.

Beginning Band ........................................................................................ 6th/7th/8th

Pre-Requisite: none                                                                                       Full Year

In these beginner-level brass, woodwind, and percussion classes, the focus is on
developmental techniques. Most students will take Beginning Band as 6th graders, but 7th
and 8th grade students who have never played an instrument are also welcome.

Symphonic Band .............................................................................................. 7th/8th

Pre-Requisite: Audition; one year experience                                                              Full Year

This intermediate-level band performs three to four concerts annually and may attend UIL
or other contests as determined by the directors. All students must meet UIL guidelines
for eligibility.

Wind Ensemble ................................................................................................ 7th/8th

Pre-Requisite: Audition; one year experience                                                              Full Year

This advanced-level band performs three to four concerts annually and will attend UIL or
other contests as determined by the directors. All students must meet UIL guidelines for
eligibility.




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Orchestra

Orchestra classes teach stringed instruments (violin, viola, cello, and bass). (For
woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments, see Band.) Orchestra students are placed
in classes with other students with comparable music skills. Many fun and social activities
are planned throughout the year.

       Cost. Most parents rent student instruments through local music retailers.

       Private lessons. Orchestra students are encouraged but not required to study with
        private instructors during the school year. Lovejoy’s staff of supplemental music
        teachers is available for optional, weekly private lessons, for a fee.

       Commitment. Students are expected to complete a full year of instruction when
        they select music course. Please carefully consider this commitment when choosing
        to enroll in Orchestra.

Beginning Orchestra ................................................................................. 6th/7th/8th

Pre-Requisites: none                                                                                  Full Year

In this beginning-level string orchestra class, the focus is on developmental techniques.
No previous musical experience is necessary.

Concert Orchestra .................................................................................... 6th/7th/8th

Pre-Requisites: Audition;                                                                             Full Year
One year experience on violin, viola, cello, or bass

This intermediate orchestra will perform at several concerts and contests throughout the
year. All students must meet UIL guidelines for eligibility.

Chamber Orchestra .................................................................................. 6th/7th/8th

Pre-Requisites: Audition;                                                                             Full Year
One year experience on violin, viola, cello, or bass

This is the advanced, performing orchestra for Sloan Creek Middle School. The Chamber
Orchestra participates in weekly after school sectionals. This orchestra will perform at
several concerts and contests throughout the year. All students must meet UIL guidelines
for eligibility.




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Art

Middle school art classes focus on drawing, painting, and sculpture.

ER Art ..................................................................................................................... 6th

All 6th grade students take this introductory class as part of the Elective Rotation.

Drawing and Painting ...................................................................................... 7th/8th

Pre-Requisites: none                                                                                       One Semester

In this beginning Drawing and Painting course, students will:

        Develop/apply two-dimensional drawing and painting skills using a variety of media.

        Understand/apply the elements/principles of art effectively in their work.

        Create works of art with personal meaning and reflection.

        Revise/refine their work using problem solving and critical thinking skills.

Sculpture ......................................................................................................... 7th/8th

Pre-Requisites: none                                                                                       One Semester

In this beginning Sculpture course, students will:

        Develop/apply three-dimensional sculpture skills using a variety of media.

        Understand/apply the elements/principles of art effectively in their work.

        Create works of art with personal meaning and reflection.

        Revise/refine their work using problem solving and critical thinking skills.

Drawing and Painting, Advanced ..................................................................... 7th/8th

Pre-Requisites: Drawing and Painting                                                                       One Semester

This one-semester advanced Drawing and Painting course is designed to prepare students
for high school drawing/painting classes. Students will:

        Further develop two-dimensional drawing/painting skills using a variety of media.

        Understand/apply the elements/principles of art effectively in their work in order to
         create meaningful works of art.




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Sculpture, Advanced ........................................................................................ 7th/8th

Pre-Requisites: Sculpture                                                                        One Semester

This one-semester intermediate sculpture course is designed to prepare students for high
school sculpture classes. Students will:

       Further develop three-dimensional sculpture skills using a variety of media.

       Understand/apply the elements/principles of art effectively in their work in order to
        create meaningful works of art.




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Theatre

ER Theatre ............................................................................................................. 6th

All 6th grade students take this introductory class as part of the Elective Rotation.

Theatre Arts I .................................................................................................. 7th/8th

Prerequisites: none                                                                              Fall Semester Only

Theatre I opens the world of theatre to middle school students. Students gain a working
knowledge of the theatre. This is not exclusively an acting class. Students will study:

        The history of theatre                                       Mask-making

        How to audition                                              Musical theatre as its own genre

        Basic make-up technique                                      The life and works of William
                                                                       Shakespeare
        Basic technical theatre


Theatre Arts II ................................................................................................ 7th/8th

Prerequisites: Theatre Arts I or teacher approval                                            Spring Semester Only

This course is a continuation of Theatre Arts I with an emphasis on technical theater.
Students will:

        Focus on the rehearsal process and behind-the-scenes action.

        Develop technical theater skills.

        Create original set and costume designs.

        Learn the basics of building, painting, lighting, and make-up.

        Enhance self-confidence, creativity, and the ability to work well with others.




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Theatre Production .......................................................................................... 7th/8th

Prerequisites: teacher interview                                                                  Fall Semester

Students in this class will be the actors and technical crew for the SCMS One Act Play
(OAP) in December. Existing students will audition at the end of the previous year;
transfer students may audition at the beginning of the school year. Students will:

       Prepare the OAP for production in front of peer age groups and judges.

       Improve acting abilities.

       Attend the after-school rehearsals in November/December to make final
        preparations for the show.

       Participate in the OAP and be in attendance on the competition day.

       Develop life skills through group interaction with teachers and students.

       Learn to encourage excellence, praise effort, listen attentively, work diligently, and
        strive for excellence.

Theatre Tech, Advanced .................................................................................. 7th/8th

Prerequisites: Theatre Arts I and II, teacher interview (class size limited)                             Full Year

In this class, students will gain an understanding of all aspects of technical theatre
(backstage) while assisting with major Sloan Creek Theatre productions. The show would
not go on without this group! Students should use this course as a supplement to their
theatre performances; some may even choose to specialize in this area. Students will:

       Explore all backstage possibilities of the theatre.

       Learn about and try out each backstage crew before deciding on their crew of
        choice for each show:

             o   Light                       o    Public relations

             o   Sound                       o    Set design/construction

             o   Makeup                      o    Costume design/construction

             o   Props                       o    Stage management

       Be strongly encouraged, but not required, to audition for and be involved in
        productions at SCMS and other theatres.

       Learn to view theatre performance from an entirely new point of view.




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Acting, Advanced .................................................................................................... 8th

Prerequisites: Theatre Arts I and II, teacher interview (class size limited)                                 Full Year

In this class, students will improve acting abilities and practice risk-taking in a risk-free
environment. Students will:

       Work independently, in pairs, and with groups on scenes from plays.

       Discover the ―actor/actress within‖ through play analysis and characterization.

       Be strongly encouraged, but not required, to audition for SCMS shows, even if just
        for experience.

       Receive information about and have the opportunity to audition for productions at
        other theatres.

       Be strongly encouraged to attend as many plays/musicals as possible.

       Explore using voice, body, and facial expressions to communicate.

       Try on a variety of theatre roles.

       Develop life skills through group interaction with teachers and students.

       Learn to encourage excellence, praise effort, listen attentively, work diligently, and
        strive for excellence.




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Technology

Middle school Technology courses introduce students to computer and technology skills.


ER Technology I and II

All 6th grade students take this introductory class as part of theElective Rotation.


Technology Applications I ......................................................... 7th/8th

Prerequisites: none                                                          One Semester

Using the following applications, students will learn to create tables, databases, charts,
graphs, and graphics; then apply these applications to business and educational needs:

      Microsoft Word                 Microsoft Access™           Paint

      Microsoft Excel                Microsoft PowerPoint™



Technology Applications II ....................................................... 7th/8th

Prerequisites: Technology Applications I                                     One Semester

In this project-based class, students progress beyond basic computer skills to learn
multimedia applications, including web-page development.


Business Information Management I ............................................... 8th

Prerequisites: none                                                                  Full Year

This course teaches technology skills required in the business environment, including
technology standards in:

      word processing                  telecommunications            networking

      spreadsheets                     desktop publishing            operating systems

      databases                        presentation                  emerging
                                         management                     technologies




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Pre-Engineering

Middle school Pre-Engineering courses provide an introduction to the field for students
who may want to pursue engineering coursework in high school and college.


E-Tech ...................................................................................... 7th/8th

Prerequisites: None                                                      Fall or Spring Semester

E-Tech is an activity-oriented, one-semester survey course class that provides exploratory
experiences in math, science, and technology. For 7th graders, this course is a good
introduction to the 8th grade Gateway to Technology course.

Topics include:

      Introduction                     Modeling                           Building Big

      Measurement                      Flight and Space



Gateway to Technology (GTT) .......................................................... 8th

Prerequisites: E-Tech recommended but not required                                          Full Year

GTT is the first class in the secondary Pre-Engineering course sequence. This cutting-edge
program addresses the interest and energy of middle school students while incorporating
national standards in math, science, and technology.

Class goals:

      Hands-on, project-based approach relates technology to everyday life;
       demonstrates how engineering uses technology to solve everyday problems.

      Excite and motivate students to use their imaginations.

      Teach students to be creative and innovative while gaining skills needed to develop,
       produce, and use products and services.

      Promote communication and collaboration with team approach.




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Robotics, Introduction .............................................................. 7th/8th

Prerequisites: none                                                             One Semester

This course introduces the fundamentals of robot technology with an emphasis on
programming concepts, plus robot control, planning, and sensing. Students will:

      Design and problem-solve using Lego robots.

      Deepen understanding through several programming assignments.

      Learn robot control, including robot hardware, the mathematics of robot control
       (both local and global coordinate systems and the transformations between them),
       and robot programming.

      Develop and apply building, mechanical, technical, and computer skills.

      Learn strategies to develop necessary skills for 21st Century success.


Robotics, Competitive ...................................................................... 8th

Prerequisites: Robotics, Introduction, teacher approval (class size limited)          Full Year

This course will further develop building, mechanical, technical, and computer skills
needed to succeed in the 21st Century. Students will:

      Learn ―Lego Mindstorm NXT‖, a flexible environment including a programmable
       controller; three motors; light, sound, touch, and sonar sensors (which can be
       connected in different ways to create systems to accomplish tasks); and a graphical
       programming environment.

      Build, design, and program robots to compete in local challenges and area
       competitions.




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Communications

Lovejoy Communications students learn how print and electronic journalism have
converged in today’s ever-changing world of technology.


Media, Convergent Digital I ...................................................... 7th/8th

Prerequisites: Technology Applications I                                    One Semester

This project-based class combines two former classes—Journalism and Photojournalism.
Students will produce the SCMS news program, Sloan Creek News Network (SCNN) while
learning:

      Basic principles and history of journalism, including writing, editing, ethics, and an
       introduction to layout/design.

      Fundamentals of photojournalism, video, and internet photojournalism.

      Different aspects of producing video communication, including capturing video,
       digital editing, podcasting, blogging, digital editing, and storyboarding/scripting
       news writing.

      Use and care of digital and video cameras.

      Internet posting of photos made into video stories for LeopardLife.net, etc.




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Media, Convergent Digital II ..................................................... 7th/8th

Prerequisites: Media, Convergent Digital I                                   One Semester

In this project-based class, students build on their knowledge from Media, Convergent
Digital I to:

      Further develop technology skills.

      Produce the SCMS news program, Sloan Creek News Network (SCNN).

      Learn different aspects of broadcast news/video production/iMovie, including
       capturing video and still images, blogging, digital editing storyboarding/script
       writing, producing media for LeopardLife.net, media literacy/evaluation, media
       ethics/advertising, and internet news writing for LeopardLife.net, etc.


Media Journalism, Advanced ............................................................ 8th

Prerequisites: Media, Convergent Digital I                                         Full Year
application, teacher interview (class size limited)

Students in this project-based class produce the SCMS news magazine show SPOTlight
and work on the Rosette DVD yearbook. Students will:

      Further develop technology skills.

      Learn different aspects of producing video communication, including capturing
       video, digital editing, and storyboarding.

      Produce independent projects such as public service announcements/commercials,
       music videos, service videos, etc.


Photography, Advanced ................................................................... 8th

Prerequisites: Media, Convergent Digital I                                         Full Year
application, teacher interview (class size limited)

Students in this advanced, project-based photography class:

      Further develop skills in photography and Adobe® applications.

      Learn advanced camera settings.

      Are responsible for professional-quality photography portfolios.

      Shoot for all school publications.

      Will be considered for advanced placement in high school.




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Yearbook .................................................................................. 7th/8th

Prerequisites: Application, teacher interview (class size limited)                       Full Year

This class produces the school’s yearbook Rosette. Students learn to take quality photos,
design and organize pages, and cooperate as a staff to create a yearbook of lasting
memories. Attendance at a summer workshop is optional but highly recommended.


Newspaper ................................................................................ 7th/8th

Prerequisites: Application, teacher interview (class size limited)                       Full Year

This class produces the school newspaper, Leopard Life. Students learn about and are
involved in all aspects of print journalism, including planning, organization, writing,
editing, layout, and publication.




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Languages Other Than English (LOTE)

Sloan Creek Middle School offers LOTE courses in Spanish only. Students interested in
Spanish, French, Chinese, and American Sign Language (ASL) may study these in high
school. Three years study of the same LOTE is required for high school graduation.


ER Spanish ....................................................................................... 6th

All 6th grade students take this introductory class as part of the Elective Rotation.


Spanish IA ....................................................................................... 7th

Prerequisites: none                                                                        Full Year

Spanish IA and IB are moderately-paced courses that allow students to complete the high
school credit for Spanish I over the course of two years. Upon completion of Spanish IA
and Spanish IB, students will receive a high school credit for Spanish I.

Spanish IA, the first of these two years:

      Introduces Spanish-speaking cultures.

      Introduces Spanish with listening and speaking activities.

      Emphasizes oral skills while developing reading and writing skills.

      Teaches vocabulary using basic structure and learned phrases.

      Gradually progresses to reading and writing as basic grammatical structures are
       acquired.


Spanish IB ....................................................................................... 8th

Prerequisites: Spanish IA                                                                  Full Year

Spanish IA and IB are moderately-paced courses that allow students to complete the high
school credit for Spanish I over the course of two years. Upon completion of Spanish IA
and Spanish IB, students will receive a high school credit for Spanish I.

Spanish IB, the second of these two years:

      Continue to teach the Spanish language and cultures.

      Emphasizes oral skills while developing reading and writing skills.

      Teaches vocabulary using basic structure and learned phrases.

      Includes listening, speaking, reading, writing, and continued development of basic
       grammatical structures.


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Spanish I ......................................................................................... 8th

Prerequisites: none                                                                         Full Year

Spanish I is a high-school level, first-year study of Spanish. Students receive one high
school credit, but the grade is not included in the high school GPA. This class:

      Develops proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

      Stresses cultural awareness and appreciation of the Spanish speaking world and its
       influence on languages and customs of North America.

      Includes oral activities, audio visual presentations, reading and writing.




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Service Learning

Leadership, ER

All 6th grade students take this introductory leadership class as part of the Elective
Rotation.


Peer Assistance and Leadership (PALS) ........................................... 8th

Prerequisites: Application, Interview                                                       Full Year

PALS students are selected and trained to serve as peer helpers with other students on
our campus and/or with student in Lovejoy elementary schools. The students coordinate
philanthropic, community-based activities and help promote a positive campus climate.
The selection process occurs in the spring.


Peacekeepers ........................................................................... 7th/8th

Prerequisites: Application, Interview                                                       Full Year

Peacekeepers is a peer mediation group. Students are selected and trained to conduct
peer mediations on campus during the school day.

Peer mediations consist of two Peacekeepers and students involved in conflict with each
other. The Peacekeepers are trained to maintain confidentiality and provide a non-
threatening environment for students to resolve conflict. The program is designed to
provide students with lifelong communication and problem-solving skills. Peer mediation
training occurs during the first six weeks of the school year, and Peacekeepers spend the
remainder of the year conducting mediations and participating in on-campus community
service projects.


Office Aide ....................................................................................... 8th

Prerequisites: Application, interview                                   One Semester or Full Year

Office aides assist staff in the school front office by running errands, delivering messages,
and performing miscellaneous helpful tasks.


Library Aide ..................................................................................... 8th

Prerequisites: Application, interview                                   One Semester or Full Year

Library aides assist library staff and students.




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Independent Studies

Independent Studies, Level 1 ................................................... 7th/8th

Prerequisites: Approval of GT Coordinator                      One Semester or Full Year

This course allows independent study for students with an extreme interest in a field of
study outside the offered middle school courses or in a specific topic within a discipline.
Students:

      Work under the supervision of the GT coordinator.

      Are expected to be highly focused and to work independently.

      Submit a project proposal within the first few weeks of the class.

      Complete their project within the time they are enrolled in the class.


Independent Studies/Mentorship, Level 2 ....................................... 8th

Prerequisites: GT Independent Studies, Level 1                           One Semester or
Approval of GT Coordinator                                                      Full Year

This course is available to students who have completed a preliminary investigation in an
area of extreme interest outside the offered middle school courses, or in a specific topic
within a discipline. These projects are a part of the Texas Performance Standards Project
and are graded with a professional rubric for performance in the areas of process,
communications, and project outcome.

Students:

      Continue to work under the supervision of the GT coordinator.

      Must be highly focused and to work independently.

      Submit a project proposal within the first few weeks of the class.

      Work with a mentor who will help direct the student in the investigation.

      Complete their project within the time they are enrolled in the class.

      Make formal presentations of their projects before professionals in that field.




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